Grooving Heads | Nichola Pemberton | 04 - 26 September 2010

This year's Joan Day Bursary recipient charters new creative ground through a series of ingenious yet playful kinetic paintings.

As a tribute to the memory of Joan Day, a highly skilled painter who lived and worked in Yorkshire for much of her life, South Square Gallery offers an annual bursary to support an emerging painter to produce new work for solo exhibition. The Gallery is delighted to present this year's winner Nichola Pemberton, who over the past four months has been producing new work at her East Street Arts Studio in Leeds.

The bursary has allowed the significant progression of the artist's work, developing a kinetic element to her paint based work. The joint use of these mediums allows for the deepening of the exploration of her ongoing themes and ideas. Responding directly to the exhibition space at South Square Gallery Grooving Heads presents three completely new works and a new way of working.

Walk into the space at South Square and be confronted by huge, wall based painted heads, slowly and steadily moving in an endless monotonous motion. Painted skin covered in a rash of repetitive linear marks show Nichola's concern for mark making processes and formal techniques. These works can be assessed by the aesthetic merit of pattern and composition, but the animation of the objects insert humanity the audience can relate to.

Overbearing in size yet passively avoiding eye contact, the works emanate a poignancy as they try to tell of a buried conceptual something. However, the longer you stay in the space the more ridiculous these objects seem. The longer you confront the works the less they have to offer, until they are rendered boring, unimpressive even ridiculous. The audience's attention is now drawn to issues of expectation and responsibility. Responsibility expected from an artist; an artwork; an individual.

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